Global Opportunities

PHI2205 : Consciousness, Art and Technology (Study Abroad Semester 2)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module focuses on key developments in the arts, with particular reference to the avant-garde, and philosophy in the twentieth century. We will consider the political potential of art and key ideas from twentieth-century continental philosophy. We will also consider the relation, and overlap, between art and philosophy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered will include things such as:
-       Art and revolution
-       Dada and anti-art
-       Surrealism and unconscious
-       Transgression
-       Postmodernism
-       Spectacle
-       Marxism
-       Sound, music and technology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay preparation and completion
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed a academic staff
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHI2005Consciousness, Art and Technology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce central themes in the philosophy of art and provide an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Poststructuralism.

Seminars allow students to try out and critically engage with the themes, concepts and techniques as set out in the lectures to specific artworks.

Reading and reflecting on books and articles will take place in private study

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, and to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately.

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the way in which philosophers have discussed notions of the relationship between consciousness and the unconsciousness and the stakes of the technological transformation of artistic techniques for our understanding of artworks.

Reading Lists